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Angela Slatter’s story ‘Frozen’ will appear in the December 09 issue of Doorways Magazine, and ‘The Girl with No Hands’ will appear in the next issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Susannah Mandel’s short story “The Monkey and the Butterfly” is in Shimmer #11. She also has poems in the current issues of Sybil’s Garage, Goblin Fruit, and Peter Parasol.

Sara Genge’s story “Godtouched” may be found in Strange Horizons.

Jason Fischer has a story appearing in Jack Dann’s new anthology Dreaming Again.

Paranormal Sites of Kansas: The Big Well & Meteorite

by JeremyT

It is no coincidence that the world’s largest hand-dug well and one of the world’s largest pallasite meteorites are both found in Greensburg, Kansas. And it is no coincidence that a recent tornado flattened the prairie town and everything within it.

The official stories of these two artifacts do not intertwine. But a town of the size of Greensburg, Kansas had no need for a 109 foot deep, 32 foot wide well. The hole’s use as a well is an old cover-up, as is the story of a Hutchison man locating the meteorite in the 1900s with a primitive metal detector.

Local stories tell that the simple farmers and ranchers of Greensburg found themselves compelled to dig the well for no reason that any could speak of in the spring of 1887. They dug for days on end, in shifts, each man and woman confused as the other. Only the children were spared from the compulsion. After 90 feet, they discovered the stone, which weighed over 1,000 pounds. My source, the great-grandaughter of one of the well’s architects, claims, that as soon as the townspeople touched the stone, it floated into the air like a balloon, and the diggers were able to gently guide it up the shaft and into the light of the moon. Once it arrived at the surface, its weight and mass returned just as the compulsion to dig disappeared.

The meteorite remained undisturbed, and the real story of its discovery mostly forgotten, until 2006, when the largest tornado to strike Kansas in 30 years touched down within Greensburg, destroying thousands of homes. The town is only just beginning to rebuild. And while you can still see a meteorite on display at the Big Well, it is not the meteorite from before. Local officials have replaced it with a fake made from plaster; after the twister, the original meteorite was never found.

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4 Responses to “Paranormal Sites of Kansas: The Big Well & Meteorite”

  1. Flatlander Says:

    October 16th, 2007 at 4:15 am

    IF any of you believe any of this bull-hockey, then I have two lots for sale in Greensburg that are right down your alley. Imagine owning a piece of such an amazing place. Floating rocks, my ass. My wife’s g-pa helped dig the well and there was no compulsion to dig and NO floating rocks. The well was dug to supply water to the railroad.

  2. Flatlander Says:

    October 16th, 2007 at 4:15 am

    IF any of you believe any of this bull-hockey, then I have two lots for sale in Greensburg that are right down your alley. Imagine owning a piece of such an amazing place. Floating rocks, my ass. My wife’s g-pa helped dig the well and there was no compulsion to dig and NO floating rocks. The well was dug to supply water to the railroad.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    October 16th, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Awesome.

  4. Jeff Says:

    December 18th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    DO NOT BE FOOLED! “Flatlander”, if that is really his name, is a Greensburgian propagandist with a sackful of misinformation, intent on deflecting contemplation of this mystery via that most powerful of social controls: ridicule!
    Railroad my eye! Everyone who was there knows the truth. Wake up before it’s too late!